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Company Overview of Herbert Smith Freehills

Company Overview

Herbert Smith Freehills provides legal services for corporations in Australia, Asia, North America, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. It offers legal advice in the areas of banking and finance, competition and market regulation, corporate, employee relations, energy and resources, environment and planning, financial services, healthcare, infrastructure projects, intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, mining, private equity, property, taxation, and technology and communications; and restructuring, turnaround, and insolvency. The company serves clients in various industry sectors, including banking and financial services, construction, energy, insurance, health, mi...

MLC Centre

19 Martin Place

Sydney, NSW 2000


Founded in 1852


61 2 9225 5000


61 2 9322 4000

Key Executives for Herbert Smith Freehills

Joint Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner
Joint Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of National Board and Deputy Senior Partner
Managing Partner
Chief Financial Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Herbert Smith Freehills Key Developments

Herbert Smith Freehills Appoints Michael Dietrich as Partner in Germany

Herbert Smith Freehills has picked up Taylor Wessing competition partner Michael Dietrich to bring the number of partners in Germany to six. He joins corporate partners Ralf Thaeter and Nico Abel (16 May 2013), real estate partner Hans Kessler (2 July 2013), litigator Mathias Wittinghofer (3 February 2014) and finance partner Kai Liebrich (12 June 2014) in HSF's Frankfurt base.

Herbert Smith Freehills Announces Executive Appointments

Herbert Smith Freehills announced the appointment of London-based partner Philip Carrington as the firm's Head of Disputes in EMEA. Philip, whose career spans over thirty years at the firm, is one of the most senior and highly respected partners in Herbert Smith Freehills' disputes group with extensive experience acting on a broad range of commercial litigation cases. Over a number of years Philip's practice has been heavily focused on Europe, with a particular emphasis on disputes work originating in Russia, the CIS and the emerging markets. Philip has been instrumental in supporting and developing Herbert Smith Freehills' successful disputes offering in Russia and regularly works with the firm's Moscow office on large and complex cross-border disputes involving Russian parties and with the firm's offices and clients in the Middle East. As Head of Disputes in EMEA, Philip will be responsible for strengthening Herbert Smith Freehills' disputes platform across this region, with specific focus on Europe as a significant area of growth for the firm. He will work alongside Regional Dispute Heads Geoff McClellan (Australia), Mark Shillito (UK/US) and Peter Godwin (Asia) to connect disputes teams across the international network and ensure growth of the firm's share of major disputes work worldwide. Together they will form the global disputes management team under the leadership of global head Justin D'Agostino and lead on the implementation of global disputes strategy and further enhancement of the group's reputation with clients across geographies and sectors. Herbert Smith Freehills also announced that partner Damian Grave, who recently relocated from Australia to London, will play a key role as a newly appointed client development partner in disputes. A significant focus for the firm, following the merger, is integration of its global client relationships. Given his current location in London and in-depth knowledge of the Australian market, Damian is ideally placed to work with disputes partners to identify and develop client opportunities arising between Australia and the rest of the network with particular focus on London, EMEA and New York. In Paris, international arbitration partner Isabelle Michou has taken on the role as head of the Paris disputes group. Herbert Smith Freehills' Paris disputes practice is increasingly recognized as a market leader in each of its main practice areas: international arbitration, commercial litigation and white collar crime, compliance & investigations. Isabelle's appointment reflects the firm's commitment to having a strong and significant presence in France as a key jurisdiction for international dispute resolution.

Herbert Smith Freehills Announces Executive Changes

Herbert Smith Freehills announced that in addition to their current roles Sydney based Australian Managing Partner Jason Ricketts and Head of the London Corporate group Scott Cochrane have been appointed as joint International Clients & Sectors Managing Partners.

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